The Da Vinci Con: 
    Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code

It's Just a Novel (Movie)

1. Story of The Da Vinci Code: Murder Mystery

2. Story of The Da Vinci Code: Historical Secret

3. Leonardo’s Last Supper 

4. Derivation of 'Holy Grail'

5. Mary Magdalene in the Bible

6. Priory of Sion

6a. Opus Dei

7. Questions of Jesus’s True Identity

8. Non-Christian Sources

9. Christian Sources: Biblical Texts

10. Other Apostolic Texts

11. St. Ignatius  of Antioch – AD 110

12. "Alternate" Gospels: Gospel of Peter (c. AD 130)

13. St. Justin, Martyr – AD 151

14. St. Irenaeus of Lyon – AD189

15. "Alternate" Christianities

16. Gnostic Scriptures

17. The ‘Muratorian’ Canon – c. AD 200

18. Constantine

19. Council of Nicaea - AD 325

20. St. Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (c. AD 330)

21. Constantine’s Bibles

22. Codex Sinaiticus

23. Closing the Canon

24. Philosophical Issues: Diversity of Christianities

25. Philosophical Issues: Subjectivism of Belief

26. Theological Issue: Was Jesus married?

27. Other Historical Claims

 

St. Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (c. AD 330) – In his History of the Church, lists Four Categories of Texts

  • Acknowledged: (eventually part of New Testament)

    • Four Gospels
    • Acts
    • 13 Pauline letters plus Hebrews
    • I John and I Peter
    • Apocalypse of John (if it seems right)

  • Disputed (may be acceptable but still debated) (eventually part of New Testament)

    • James
    • Jude
    • 2 Peter,
    • 2 & 3 John

  • Spurious: inauthentic but sometimes considered acceptable

    • Acts of Paul
    • Shepherd of Hermas
    • Apocalypse of Peter
    • Letter of Barnabas
    • Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
    • Gospel According to the Hebrews
    • Apocalypse of John (if it seems right)

  • Heretical and so unacceptable

    • Gospel of Peter
    • Gospel of Thomas
    • Gospel of Matthias
    • Acts of Andrew
    • Acts of John

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